Flat panel monitor sales rise steadily

Flat panel display sales continue to drive a steady rise in third-party monitors.

Market analyst Inform reports monitor unit sales have risen 1 per cent year on year in April, on the back of a strong flat panel display (FPD) and flat screen showing. These accounted for 30 per cent of the market in April 2002, compared to just 9 per cent the year before.

FDP sales increased by 9 per cent on March to reach an overall share of 12 per cent, and a year-on-year increase of 8.5 per cent.

Value sales in the sector were also up. Panel components shortages have seen LCD prices rise since the beginning of the year, and this showed in April with value sales up 2 per cent on March. According to Inform analyst Claire Taverner, many vendors were able to absorb much of the price increases, thanks to a stronger dollar. However FPD prices increased for the third consecutive month -- up 3 per cent on March figures.

In contrast, CRT prices dropped 7 per cent on average. This was offset by a 7 per cent increase in unit sales.

Samsung was the chief brand to capitalise on the strong FPD market. Its stake in the market grew 4 per cent in April and the vendor holds 18 per cent unit share.

LG retained its top position with 19 per cent of the market. Mitsubishi and Hyundai also posted strong sales to take 8 per cent and 7 per cent share respectively. BenQ slipped to sixth spot with 7 per cent, followed by ViewSonic, which grew its share to take 6 per cent of the market.

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